Bethany McCarey-Hammond, HBCE (HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator), BD (Birth Doula)
First and foremost, I am a mother. I have 3 boys and 1 girl. Each one of their births was an empowering experience. Experiences that have molded me into the person that I am. While pregnant with my first son, Taigan, I began exploring options for his birth. I knew that I did not want the medicalized births that we hear about everyday. I found an amazing midwife and learned about HypnoBirthing. I felt so prepared for his birth, and instead of fearing it (as so many women do), I was ecstatic for labor and birthing. I could not wait to see what my body was capable of. And it was amazing. Watching my body blossom for all those weeks that it grew a baby, and then seeing its power as it brought that life to this world made me proud to be a woman.
A few years later, when my youngest son was 6 months old, I learned that a HypnoBirthing training was going to take place in Toronto. I spent 4 days with some amazing women learning more about how amazing the female body is. I immediately began teaching classes. Teaching women is awesome, but I knew that I had to start becoming part of the birthing process, too. I trained with Doulas of North America (DONA) in Syracuse, NY and attended my 1st birth, twins, just a few weeks later. Since then, I have helped numerous women during their prenatal and birthing time. There is nothing more amazing than watching a woman become a mother and a baby take their first breath.
In 2016, I decided to take a hiatus from being a birth doula to be more available to my family. There are only this small for a brief time, and when they get a bit older, I may return to doulaing.
I am also a trained Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and worked for the Steuben County WIC programs assisting breastfeeding mothers for over 2 years. Currently, I am the founder and co-leader of Eat at Moms Breastfeeding Support Group.
I am very passionate about birth, breastfeeding and letting women know they have options. I want all women to know that they own their births.